The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has rolled out regulations governing a new solar incentive program that aims to develop 1,600 MW of new solar capacity, though final approval is still down the road. This is meant to be a long-term replacement to the temporary Solar Renewable Energy Credit (SREC 2) program which was put in place in March.
The new regulations will govern a new community solar program in the state, but those likely will not be finalized until next year. Solar advocates say that means lawmakers must take interim steps to protect the state’s momentum on renewable energy and green jobs.
“For solar’s economic engine to continue running, the Massachusetts State Legislature must raise the state’s net energy metering caps before the year is up to allow continued solar market growth until SMART is fully implemented,” Sean Gallagher, vice president of state affairs for SEIA, said in a statement.
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